SMITHS FALLS – On May 3, 1975, a local farmer discovered the remains of a woman in the Nation River a short distance from the Highway 417 bridge and south of the Town of Casselman, Ontario.
This deceased woman became known as the Nation River Lady and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigators are re-introducing the case in an effort to identify who she is and to seek any information to further this homicide investigation.
She is described as Caucasian, aged 25-50 years old, between 5’2″ and 5’8″ in height, average build, approximately 100 lbs with brown hair that was dyed a reddish blond.
Her body was wrapped with two pieces of green cloth, two towels – one depicting an Irish Toast and the second displaying multiple flowers. Additionally, a j-cloth, black coaxial cable and a curtain rod runner were with the body. Her hands and feet were bound with neckties; a blue tie with small Canada flag emblems known as “the Canadian tie”, a blue striped silk tie and a red tie with yellow patterns.
The Nation River Lady was wearing a navy blue body suit which had a collar, buttons ¾ down the front, long sleeves and snaps that secured in the crotch area. Her toe nails and fingernails were manicured and painted with a pink polish, she had an appendix operation scar and wore partial upper and lower dentures. A copy of her fingerprints and DNA profile are on file.
Under the direction of Detective Inspector Daniel Nadeau of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), detectives from Russell County OPP and East Region Criminal Operations have been reviewing the evidence and exploring investigative options. OPP Forensic Artist/Reconstruction Analyst, Provincial Constable Duncan WAY has created a 3-D clay facial reconstruction of the Nation River Lady using advanced technology.
Ontario Provincial Police are seeking the public’s assistance and ask that if you have information that may help identity this woman or to find the person(s) responsible for her homicide that you contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Nation River Lady dedicated tipline at 613-591-2296.
Media resources, including digital still photos of the 3-D facial reconstruction, photos of the area where the remains were found and a map, can be found at this link: www.opp.ca/media/nrl
The Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) investigates major crimes including homicide along with death investigations on behalf of the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario. The Missing Persons Unidentified Remains Unit (MPUB) is dedicated to assisting front line police officers with missing persons and unidentified human remains investigations. A partnership between the OPP MPUB unit, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS) and the Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC) has existed since 2006 and we work together to locate missing persons and give a name to unidentified remains.